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FEBRUARY 22, 2012

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The National Hispana Leadership Institute Announces its 2012
Executive Leadership Program Fellows

This year's fellows represent a diverse group of Latina leaders
working across the nation in the public and private sectors.

Washington, D.C. -- The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) announces its 2012 award-winning Executive Leadership Program (ELP) fellows comprised of a diverse group of seventeen Latina professionals working across the nation in the public and private sectors.

"We are very excited to welcome this year's ELP Fellows, said Barbara J. DesMarteau, Acting President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. "The class is diverse, representing the corporate, academic and non-profit sectors. We are proud to work with a group of highly successful women in supporting their leadership goals. The 2012 class will play a special role in celebrating NHLI's 25th year anniversary."

"The National Hispana Leadership Institute nurtures an understanding and commitment to the core values of leadership," said Lillian Roybal Rose, Co-Facilitator of NHLI's Executive Leadership Program in San Juan Bautista, CA, since the initiation of the program in 1988. "My training has not only embraced and taught those core values but, throughout the years, with the added resolve and support of NHLI, has reinforced and expanded upon them," added Roybal Rose. "One must be supported, encouraged and nurtured as well as allow oneself the risk of introspection where one cannot just show one's brilliance, but also heal enough from insecurities to not be afraid to show one's struggles—because true and sustaining leadership is authenticity."

In partnership with Harvard's Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Center for Creative Leadership, global trailblazers in organizational and management leadership, fellows spend a week at each institution upon completing the first week of the program from February 26 to March 2, 2012. Participants will graduate from the four-week training which spans over the course of nine months while at NHLI's national conference in Washington, D.C., the final component that offers insights into public policy issues affecting the Hispanic community.

Participants are selected based on their community service record, their professional and personal accomplishments and dedication to serving their community. For more information about this program and for a list of the 2012 Executive Leadership fellows visit:


Founded in 1987, NHLI has trained and empowered more than 10,000 Latina leaders from the public and private sectors who have been appointed to leadership positions in government, corporate America, nonprofits, foundations or have started their own businesses. NHLI's mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism.